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Matt Stevens suspended for failed drug test,

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news on 20 Jan 2009 at 19:57
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England prop Matt Stevens has revealed he has failed a drugs test.

The 26-year-old made the announcement in an interview with Sky Sports News.

Stevens said: “I was tested for a prohibited substance but it’s not performance enhancing, so you can take what you want from that.

“It’s pretty distressing talking about this. When you think about how much time people have put into my career and I have thrown it away.

“Like any drug problem you don’t know it’s happening and then it mounts up and before you know it you have a problem and an illness.”

Stevens did not specify which drug he had tested positive for, but added: “It started off with just a couple of nights where you take it after a big night out with your friends.

“It wasn’t a big deal, (but) that’s the problem with drugs, it so quickly becomes a big deal.

“I owe it to everyone to admit that. I want to say I’m truly very sorry.

“I want to change my life and hopefully one day get the faith back that people had in me.”

Stevens has been suspended from all competition and removed from the England Elite Player Squad.

A statement from the Rugby Football Union read: “The Rugby Football Union has been made aware by European Rugby Cup (Ltd) of the positive doping test given by Matt Stevens following the Heineken Cup match against Glasgow Warriors in December 2008.

“The procedure for potential doping offences is clearly laid out in the ERC Regulations and as such the player is immediately provisionally suspended from all competition.

“Matt has been removed from the England Elite Player Squad and will not travel to the training camp in Portugal on Sunday or be involved in the squad until the resolution of the case when a further decision on his inclusion in the England squad will be made.

“A decision on a replacement for Matt in the EPS squad is being considered by England Team Manager Martin Johnson and an announcement will be made in due course.”

A statement from Bath read: “Bath Rugby has been made aware of the initial positive test given by Matt Stevens following the Heineken Cup match against Glasgow Warriors in December.

“The procedure for potential doping offences is clearly laid out in both the player’s contract and the European Rugby Cup Regulations.

“The player is immediately suspended from competition and has been suspended by Bath Rugby until the case is resolved.

“Bath Rugby condemns the use of prohibited substances as defined by the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.”

Responding to the news, Professional Rugby Players Association CEO Damian Hopley added: “We are shocked by this news, which is very out of character for Matt.

“He had built a reputation as a fine ambassador for the game, who does a tremendous amount of voluntary work for a number of charities and good causes.

“We will be doing everything we can to provide Matt with the support he needs at this very difficult time.

“The PRA and our members strongly condemn the use of performance enhancing or recreational drugs, and fully support the RFU and IRB anti-doping regulations.”


  • Credit to the guy. No bull about this that or the other. he has come out and owned up to having a problem.

    Let’s hope he get’s sorted and back into top flight rugby ASAP.

  • Comment 1, posted at 20.01.09 20:00:02 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • taken After a big night out.ha!it aint weed.Brrrrr!

  • Comment 2, posted at 20.01.09 20:00:51 by PJLD Reply
  • @PJLD (Comment 2) : 🙂

    Sounds more like he took a “reg maker” drug than a slowdown drug.

  • Comment 3, posted at 20.01.09 20:07:39 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I have little sympathy for sportsman who take drugs, be they recreational or otherwise.

    You get paid well and it’s pretty clear what you can & can not take.

    At least he admits he has a problem which is a good start in getting it sorted.

  • Comment 4, posted at 20.01.09 20:17:29 by McLovin Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) : thats why i said Brrrr!

  • Comment 5, posted at 20.01.09 20:22:06 by PJLD Reply
  • He admitted it, and no bull so far – all the best to him.

    A very promising lad this – plays good rugger, a bit of a musician and good enough for Oxford – I hope he can get up again.

  • Comment 6, posted at 20.01.09 20:53:33 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 6) : Not quite Oxford I think. 😉

  • Comment 7, posted at 20.01.09 21:15:12 by McLovin Reply

  • Our expat secret agents are starting to deliver. First KP divides and conquers English cricket from the inside and now this. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.01.09 08:27:58 by klempie Reply

  • @PJLD (Comment 2) : I think the crew members of SAA 234 in London may have a different opinion. Special delivery 😉 ?

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.01.09 08:29:32 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 9) : 😆 just heard that story now

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.01.09 08:45:03 by PJLD Reply
  • @klempie (Comment 9) :

    😆 😆 I saw that this morning.

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.01.09 08:50:05 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @PJLD (Comment 10) :
    Bastardo’s, that was meant as a present for robd on the birth of his son.

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.01.09 08:50:31 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 12) : hehe. Eastern Cape’s finest? 😉

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.01.09 09:16:17 by klempie Reply

  • @Salmonoid (Comment 12) : 😯 😆

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.01.09 09:28:19 by PJLD Reply
  • @klempie (Comment 9) : That was my retirement plan…..

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.01.09 10:08:56 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • Apparently there are between 10 & fifteen SAA employees in jail the world over due to drug smuggling. 😯

  • Comment 16, posted at 21.01.09 14:23:41 by McLovin Reply

  • Seems they have been released without charge.

  • Comment 17, posted at 21.01.09 14:26:48 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 16) :
    😯 very disturbing.

  • Comment 18, posted at 21.01.09 14:30:29 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 16) :
    Presumeably without their stash.

  • Comment 19, posted at 21.01.09 14:32:02 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 17) : or maybe not. out on bail according to some. not that I care. 🙄

  • Comment 20, posted at 21.01.09 14:33:28 by McLovin Reply

  • @Salmonoid (Comment 19) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 21, posted at 21.01.09 14:34:21 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 16) : 50 Kg’s Green green grass of home :mrgreen:

  • Comment 22, posted at 21.01.09 15:41:43 by Charlie Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 22) : …and 4 liters of coca cola… or was it 4kg of coke? 🙄

  • Comment 23, posted at 21.01.09 15:49:51 by McLovin Reply

  • i was right,it was coke

  • Comment 24, posted at 21.01.09 18:50:09 by PJLD Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 23) :

    Looks like your avatar has been doing the whole lot… 😉

  • Comment 25, posted at 22.01.09 05:30:32 by bryce_in_oz Reply


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